Lake Norman waterfront mansion hits the market for $16 million
A top World Series of Poker player, known in the 1980s as the “Cold Call Cowboy,” is betting that his longtime Lake Norman mansion and his wife’s will sell for an unprecedented sum of $16 million.
Robert and Sonya Stevanovski put their 15,000 square foot waterfront estate in The Peninsula community in Cornelius up for sale Thursday.
Their custom mansion in the 18000 block of Harbor Light Boulevard is Cornelius’ most expensive listing in Canopy MLS history, according to a press release Friday from Florida-based Premier Sotheby’s International Realty.
Canopy lists homes for sale in Mecklenburg and 25 other counties in the Carolinas.
Sotheby’s did not name the seller or explain why the house is on the market. The Charlotte Observer identified the Stevanovskis through Mecklenburg County property records and other public records.
Robert Stevanovski, 58, did not respond to a request for comment left on his mobile phone by the Observer on Friday. A Sotheby’s spokeswoman did not respond to an email.
Donate super PAC from the company “Shell”
Robert Stevanovski co-founded Concord-based American Communications Network Inc., which describes itself as “the world’s largest direct seller of telecommunications, energy and essential services”, the Observer reported in 2014.
Robert Stevanovski made headlines as a ‘shell’ company linked to the businessman donated $25,000 to a super PAC called Grow NC Strong which backed Thom Tillis’ US Senate campaign . The former GOP State House chairman once lived in Cornelius and now owns a lakeside home in nearby Huntersville.
The donation came from TC Investor LLC of Concord, operated by Praescient, another LLC whose address was a UPS drop box in Concord, according to documents filed by the North Carolina secretary of state. Stevanovski was on Praescient’s list of managers, the Observer reported. He did not respond at the time to a request from the newspaper for comment.
Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics, told the Observer in 2014 that such donations are a way to disguise donor contributions.
“Super PACs are apparently completely transparent,” she said. “This is further proof that this is not true. It makes it very difficult for people to understand the forces behind efforts to influence their vote.
Crescent Resources has sold mansion land
The Stevanovskis purchased the land for the mansion for $715,500 in 1997 from Crescent Resources Inc., according to county property tax records. The couple lived in Rochester, Michigan at the time, records show.
Charlotte-based Crescent Resources, which declared bankruptcy in 2009, was the longtime real estate development arm of Duke Energy. Its successor, Crescent Communities, was acquired in 2018 by Sumitomo Forestry America Inc., a subsidiary of a Japanese firm, reported then The Observer.
Simonini Builders built the mansion, according to Sotheby’s. The home was completed in 2006, according to county records.
Schonbek chandeliers, groin vault ceilings
The home, its 1,366 acres and features have a total assessed value of $5,148,800 in 2022, according to county property tax records.
The mansion has six bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, vaulted ceilings ranging from 12 to 30 feet, and waterfront views from nearly every room, according to its listing.
The interior features Schonbek chandeliers, marble-travertine, five-inch walnut flooring, and custom millwork.
Other features include a mirrored elevator, safe, veranda, library, game room, fitness area, ballroom, two offices and a suspended staircase leading to the upper level, according to the listing.
Several terraces, balconies, patios
Habersham craftsmen crafted the gourmet kitchen, which features oversized double islands and granite countertops, as well as an adjacent walk-in pantry, according to its listing.
The mansion has several terraces, balconies and private patios, a salt water swimming pool with glass tiles imported from Spain, a spa, a fountain, a pool house, a kitchen exterior and a garage for five cars.
This story was originally published August 26, 2022 10:43 p.m.